Smith Cove Park Development

Updated: December 12, 2017

Winter 2017/18

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting in December. You can view the 12/5/2017 Presentation and other documents for the meeting below.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is beginning the next phase of the design process for Smith Cove Park. A component of moving the design forward from our public meeting held in February 2017 has been to refine the project budget. To that end, we are proposing to phase the project to maximize investment opportunities. At the meeting, the SPR strategic advisor and the design team, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, outlined the budget constraints and the proposal to move this project forward by phasing the development. We provided information about the proposed design and the $6.5 million project budget, which includes two grants of $250,000 each from King County and from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. The phased approach will develop the west parcel/playfield side of the property first with the existing project budget; Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to secure additional funding to build out the east parcel/shoreline side of the park. The west side will include the dog park and volleyball courts plus field renovation and lawn areas and trails for passive recreation. A new stair down to the water on the east side of the park is also included in this first phase of work.

Pipe Replacement Project
On August 21, King County's contractor began staging equipment for prep work to replace the 3,200-foot pipe connecting the existing sewer system to a storage tank in Smith Cove Park. The pipe was installed in 2014-15 to keep more of Magnolia's sewage and stormwater out of Puget Sound. It was confirmed to be broken in November 2016. Earlier this year, the pipe break was located about 150 feet below West Galer Street near Thorndyke Avenue West.

For additional information on the pipe replacement project please go to King County's Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility at Smith Cove webpage.

Thank you to the over 90 people who attended the second public meeting for the Seattle Park District funded Smith Cove Park project on February 8.  The project planner and designers reviewed design options and we heard input from people representing specific groups (dog-off-leash area, sand volleyball, Little League/youth sports, and habitat groups) and from long-time Magnolia residents. This project develops the 4.9 acre easterly waterfront property recently acquired and makes improvements to the playfield half of Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Avenue West) used for youth sports. The project could include a restroom, improved beach access, playfield improvements to drainage and irrigation, walking and biking trails, sand volleyball courts, dog-off-leash-area and other passive and active opportunities for all.

Download the presentation from the February 8 meeting.

Thank you for your continued involvement.  

In 2015, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) received a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. In early 2016 Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) hired GGN  as the design consultant. They will use the outreach and concept completed by the FoSCP as the starting point for the design of the park.  Amenities may include paths, landscaping, waterfront access points, a play area, and related improvements. Some improvements will also be made to the existing part of Smith Cove Park (west of this site), currently used for sports such as soccer. The improved park will provide waterfront access and ADA accessibility; provide enhanced opportunities for active recreation, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people.

Location

Smith Cove Park, 23rd Ave W, between the Magnolia Bridge and the Elliott Bay Marina

Budget

See the budget and phase for this project on our Open Budget website

Schedule

Design: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Construction: 2018 - Spring 2019

The parcel located to the west of 23rd Ave W has been traditionally used by the Magnolia Youth Soccer Club for youth soccer. The intent is to maintain this active use on the parcel and also to incorporate other active recreational uses such as lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee and baseball/softball. During the public process led by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) in 2015, beach volleyball was also highlighted as a potential active recreational use on this parcel. Current improvements may be limited to drainage and irrigation infrastructure to make the current field more playable. However, the long term vision is that the field be improved so that it is playable year-round and available for a variety of youth and adult sports.

The easterly parcel contains the original Smith Cove Park, a narrow parcel at the south end of the site adjacent to Elliott Bay. King County owns a portion of the easterly parcel and will operate a CSO storage tank currently in the final stages of construction. The new park will be developed around the King County facility and will include shoreline restoration, access to Elliott Bay and other traditional park amenities. The FoSCP developed a concept in 2015, with input from the Queen Anne and Magnolia communities which organized potential uses across the site. That concept will be the starting point for the SPR led design process in 2016.

In 2015, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) received a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. When a design consultant is hired they will use the outreach and concept completed by the FoSCP as the starting point for the design of the park.

Download the presentation Design Principles, August 23, 2016

Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91 at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay. This project develops the 4.9 acre easterly waterfront portion of Smith Cove Park and makes improvements to the playfield half of Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Avenue West) used for youth sports such as soccer. The park will be developed following a planning and design process for the site. The amenities may include paths, landscaping, waterfront access point(s), a play area, drainage and irrigation improvements to the playfield and other related improvements. The improved park will provide waterfront access, enhanced opportunities for active recreation, increase environmental-sensitivity, and be inviting and usable for more people.

Community Participation

Public Meeting 10/6/2016

Seattle Design Commission

Public Meeting 2/8/2017

Public Meeting 12/5/2017